Stars & Famous People who served in the Military
Dale Robertson (1923- ) Lt., USA (1942-45) WW II. He entered as a Pvt serving in the Horse Cavalry in 1942. He served as a tank cmdr in the 777th Tank Bn in North Africa. Rose to 1st Lt with 332nd Combat Engrs in Patton's 3rd Army. He was wounded twice. Best remembered for western roles and TV's Dynasty & Dallas series.
Edward P. "Ed" McMahon Jr. (1923-2009). Capt., U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-45, 52-53, WW II & Korean War. Served as a Corsair fighter pilot instructor in WW II, then flew 85 artillery-spotting missions over Korea in a Cessna Bird Dog earning 6 Air Medals. He was later promoted to colonel in the reserves, and BrigGen in the Calif Nat'l Guard.
Ice-T (né Tracy Marrow, February 16, 1958) Born in Newark, NJ. Orphaned at 12, he was raised by an aunt in Los Angeles, CA. After high school he joined the Army serving four years with the 25th Infantry Division. Best remembered as a rapper and for his role in television's Law & Order. Also a screen actor.
George Peppard (October 1, 1928 – May 8, 1994). Born in Detroit, MI. His father was a building contractor and his mother an opera singer. After high school in 1946 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was discharged in 1948 with the rank of Corporal. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an engineering degree in 1955. Stage, screen and television actor. Best remembered for his roles in The Carpetbaggers, The Bravos, and The A-Team.
George Peppard...US Navy
Gene Wilder (né Jerome Silberman; June 11, 1933). Born in Milwaukee, WI. Graduated from University of Iowa with a degree in Theater Arts. Drafted in 1956 and served as a paramedic at Valley Forge Army Hospital in PA. Actor, director and author. Best remembered for his roles in The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein.
Gene Wilder....US Army
Lee J. Cobb, actor 1911-1976.... US Air Force
Richard Boone...US Navy
Robert Duvall (born January 5, 1931) in San Diego, CA. His father was a Navy admiral and his mother an actress. Graduated from Principia College in IL 1953 and served two years in the Army during the Korean War being discharged a PFC. Actor and director best remembered for his roles in To Kill A Mockingbird, The Godfather, Tender Mercies and Lonesome Dove.
Robert Duvall....US Army
Eli Wallach (born December 7, 1915) in Brooklyn, NY. Graduated from University of Texas with history degree, and Masters in Education from City College of New York. Served in U.S. Army Medical Corps in Hawaii during WW II, sent to OCS and commissioned a 2nd Lt. then shipped to Casablanca and later to France. Actor best remembered for his roles in The Magnificent Seven, The Misfits, and The Good The Bad and the Ugly.
Eli Wallach...US Army
Jack Palance (né Volodymyr Jack Palahniuk; Feb 18, 1919 – Nov 10, 2006). Born in Hazel Township, PA. Parents were Ukrainian immigrants; his father a coal miner. Jack boxed professionally as Jack Brazzo in the '30s. Served in U.S. Army Air Force, WW II. Attended Stanford but dropped out 1 credit short of diploma. Later granted an hon Drama degree. Actor best remembered for his role in TV's Requiem for a Heavyweight, host of TV's Believe it Or Not & screen roles in Shane & City Slickers.
Jack Palance....US Army Air Corp